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Scarpa Reviews

Tech Ascent GTX
Tech Ascent GTX Posted: 7/26/14
Reviewer: from Mplwd NJ
Overall: Rated:3 stars! Comfort: Rated:3 stars! Style: Rated:3 stars!

I thought I would try these since I need a wider shoe and its unisex sizing. For some reason, these seem to have an unusual shape at top by toe, as you walk it seems like it bends at a top at point can create fricton. Its a funky look, and worth trying possibly if you have had success with Scarpa fit. Worth trying of need wider than B width!

Zanskar GTX
Zanskar GTX Posted: 7/24/14
Reviewer: Chris s from New Jersey
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

Great boot. There are certainly other quality options but a proper fit is always my issue. I'm an 11.5 with a high instep so I generally need to order a wide width. In search of a heavier duty hiker/backpacker, I tried Vasque Bitterroot, St Elias, Breeze and Taku. Also tried Asolo Flame, Zamberlin Vioz, Lowa Renegade. My light hiker has for years been Keen Targhee II mid and they are very lightweight and comfortable (Salomon X Ultra was too narrow even in wide width). My old Vasques and Asolos started feeling tight -- I suppose due to getting older and foot is changing. All the boots I said I tried I ordered from Zappos and where they came in wide widths I ordered a wide. Every pair seemed to taper the toe box causing a pressure point on small toe. Then I'd try a size 12 and they would swim on me. These Scarpas actually come in an 11 2/3 size and fit perfect. Not listed as a wide but definitely felt wider than other brands who actually make wides. Lacing system is phenomenal allowing custom lower and upper tensions . Climbed Glen Onoko falls in Jim Thorpe PA and ten miles on AT and they handled rocks, water etc. really well. Awesome mid weight boot! Zappos hassle free return policy allowed me to try on every boot I liked until I found the perfect fit!

Mojito Posted: 7/23/14
Reviewer: from Santa Cruz, California
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

Like all well-made Italian shoes, Scarpa continues to shine! I used to hike and boulder and climb, but Lyme Disease took that away. So, I bought these shoes for walking on the dirt roads where I live. At first, like most leather/suede shoes with firm support, they needed some break-in. They are breaking in nicely and conforming to my foot like a custom shoe. The more I wear and walk in them, the more comfortable they become. I love the Scarpa Mojito shoe and will likely buy it in another color, too! As an approach shoe, you won't be disappointed, I'm sure. Scarpa has long made climbing and approach shoes and they have this nailed. So, if you want this shoe for what it's intended for, buy it, and if you just want it for its great looks, great color choices and walking around town, you'll be happy with them, too! Best for low-volume feet, not for high-arched feet. Lacing down to the toe provides the ability to really get a custom-like fit. Roomy toe box...remember that your feet will swell as the day progresses, so allow for that. Little arch support built into the shoe, so I recommend adding a good orthotic. Super high-quality shoe regardless!

Epic Posted: 7/23/14
Reviewer: John Bevis from Knoxville, TN
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

I bought this shoe last minute for a vacation that I knew I would be walking a lot. It couldn't have worked out any better. The shoe was comfortable and held up great.

Crux Posted: 7/12/14
Reviewer: Nick from United States
Overall: Rated:1 stars! Comfort: Rated:1 stars! Style: Rated:1 stars!

Bought these shoes on June 3 2014, it is now July 11 and a hole appeared during a hike, located on the inside of the left shoe, above the rubber toe guard. The leather has about a 2" tear, exposing the inside of the shoe. I would say these are not durable and not suitable for approach as they fell apart so quickly. I would not recommend them.

Spark GTX®
Spark GTX® Posted: 7/11/14
Reviewer: from Connecticut
Overall: Rated:4 stars! Comfort: Rated:4 stars! Style: Rated:4 stars!

Wanted some multi-use walking shoes that I could also hike and garden in. These are very comfortable. Did a short 3 mile hike with no pain or chafing. Would prefer a bit more arch support but perhaps it's time for an insert. Would recommend.

Mojito Posted: 7/5/14
Reviewer: Matt from Dallas Texas
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

I am recently retired Army. 21 years of wearing boots has taught me one thing. Don't chintz on the quality of your shoes. And that doesn't mean means quality and build. How they feel on your feet. And these are great! I haven't had them "too" long but I've done some walking around downtown and stood during some FIFA matches at public viewings. My feet don't hurt. They ran pretty much true to size and with Zappos return policy you can't go wrong. They have awesome grip as well. Great as a hiking shoe. Actually I think that's what they are touted abut I'm not sure. I have zero complaints about this shoe and will look in the future to by other shoes or boots from Scarpa.

Highball Posted: 7/3/14
Reviewer: Lewis Surdam from Boston
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

Great looking with a nice athletic feel. Good support and can be worn with both casual dress or even with a light weight suit more formally. Very impressed with Scarpa. My wife and I both have Scarpa Crux approach shoes, fantastic hiking shoes!

Margarita Posted: 6/30/14
Reviewer: from Richmond, VA
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

Very comfortable, looks great. The tongue cuts a little into my ankle, but it's not super noticeable after wearing for a while. I imagine it will soften with time.

Mystic Lite
Mystic Lite Posted: 6/28/14
Reviewer: from mid west
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

Awesome solid quality made shoe. Not that great for hot weather, but fall and winter it's perfect. Fits true to size, and the wide toe box gives your feet space and a solid foundation.

Zen Posted: 6/21/14
Reviewer: Mark from Steamboat Springs, CO
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

Great shoe and support. I actually use them for work as a home builder so in the field all day often on lots of different terrain. Also pretty rough on shoes and so far these show no signs of adverse wear. Also using them for hiking and everyday wear. The soles are very grippy on all surfaces which is a plus for me. I originally ordered the Euro43 equating to the US10 and it was just a little small. The 43.5 - US10.5 was perfect.

Rapid LT
Rapid LT Posted: 6/20/14
Reviewer: Terri from Southern Arizona
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

Scarpa Rapid LT fits my foot with great comfort. I wear a size 9M (I ordered size 41) and have high arches, the support could be a bit more for me. The toe box allows enough room for movement and sock options. The padding around the heel hugs nicely keeps foot in place, no chance for blisters here. The foot bed feels spring loaded, gel like . This shoe makes my foot look smaller .Scarpa Rapid LT is ready to go right out of the box for me. I ordered them for work. I work in a warehouse and walk an easy 15 miles per day, not what the shoe was intended to do but made these steps so much easier. Happy feet, happy me!

Margarita Posted: 6/18/14
Reviewer: from Santa Ana, CA
Overall: Rated:4 stars! Comfort: Rated:4 stars! Style: Rated:4 stars!

Fairly cute, if a bit retro-clunky. I returned it because there's really no support and I need that for site walking.

SL Active
SL Active Posted: 6/11/14
Reviewer: from
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

I had a pair of the old Scarpa Attack boots years ago. When they finally wore out after thousands of miles of rock, mud, ice, sand, etc. I went with another leading brand. I've been looking forward to them wearing out so I could get back into some Scarpa boots again. It's been a few years, and I was a little disappointed to see that the Attack is no longer sold, but as soon as my foot was in these boots all my fears were gone. These things are comfy and even tougher than the Attacls were.

Zen Lady
Zen Lady Posted: 6/11/14
Reviewer: ADDIE BOWER from Bend, Oregon
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

I bought these shoes for work, as I'm on my feet all day (hospital work), and Danskos are too hard to wear every day but running shoes break down so fast that buying a new pair every 3 months gets expensive. So I thought a leather hiking shoe would be a nice go between to alternate with my Danskos. I like how durable these shoes are. I am a size 8 in running shoes and the 39.5 recommended by Zappos fits very well. I was surprised at how stiff they are out of the box but after wearing them around they have loosened up a little. I wanted a durable shoe and I definitely got it! I have what is equivalent to compartment syndrome in both feet so I do wear podiatric orthotics in both shoes, so I'm not sure how the shoes feel without them. These shoes are not crowded by my orthotics at all and the overall fit is really nice. I can splay my toes and the heel does not slip. The shoe hugs the foot and arch support for my very high arch is adequate. I was surprised at how low profile they look in person; they seemed a little bulkier in the online pics. I was hesitant to buy shoes online but this was a sound purchase. I hope when the time comes, I will be able to find these again because finding shoes that do not hurt my feet is definitely one of my lifetime tasks. As always, Zappos' shipping was lightening fast; I ordered them Monday afternoon and received them Tuesday afternoon. How do they do that!?!?

Crux Posted: 6/10/14
Reviewer: from San Diego
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

These shoes fit pretty much true to size and they were comfortable right out of the box and onto the trail. the grip on rocks is excellent and the upper seems sturdy so far. got lots of compliments on them, too.

Crux Posted: 6/6/14
Reviewer: from New York, New York
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

I bought these shoes to hike Machu Picchu. They are extremely comfortable while giving my foot maximum support. And they are quite good looking as well. Very, very pleased.

Spark Posted: 5/31/14
Reviewer: Floweed from Twinkie Towns, MN
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

1st run: 4 miles. Straight out of the box. 100% awesome all around. If you like to run all over the dang shop like me, then get these shoes pronto! Stability & balance are supreme with glove comfort and no pressure points. Sturdy but simultaneously minimal and light even with the stock insoles. There's grip within the traction so speed is good on hills, in mulch, grass, dirt roads and loose terrain. I trust they'll be excellent for advanced trails with water, mud and more stuff that nature can throw at you. The low profile design is very nice and is breathable. The size fits perfectly and works well for my neutral to mild underpronating foot strike. I'll be putting Sofsole Airr low profile insoles in 'em and I can't think of a better shoe for for me and its purpose. Thanks Zappos for your top shelf service!

Mojito Posted: 5/28/14
Reviewer: Leah from Philadelphia
Overall: Rated:4 stars! Comfort: Rated:4 stars! Style: Rated:4 stars!

I work all day cleaning out estates and am constantly running around on uneven surfaces,stairs, mud, gravel -- all while carrying heavy stuff. You name it. So I need a good hiking shoe in the summer to replace my work shoes. These I wore and they seem to run big. They do not feel as sturdy or supportive as my keens. But they are sure cute. Not clunky looking at all. My major problem is that the tongue seems to slip down even when tied tight and feels bunchy around the toes. Overall good for light basic. moving. Wish they were waterproof.

SL Active
SL Active Posted: 5/28/14
Reviewer: Greg from Minnesota
Overall: Rated:4 stars! Comfort: Rated:4 stars! Style: Rated:4 stars!

The SL Activ is a beautifully made backpacking boot. The sole, which is the same as in the Zanskar and Kinesis Pro, is very stiff and flexes only slightly at the toe - definitely more suited to backpacking than day hiking or everyday use. There is a bit of a rocker in the sole though I have tried similarly stiff boots with a more comfortable gait. The last shape is exceptionally comfortable for my slightly wider than average feet. It is one of the roomier boots volume-wise that I have tried on. Whereas I normally wear a 46 in hiking boots, I ordered the 45.5 knowing they are spacious. I think the sizing was perfect length- and width-wise, but I really have to cinch down on the ankle lacing to keep my heel down. There is generous padding within the boot and around the ankle to reduce the chance of hot spots. Another thing I noticed is that the ankle area is very flexible relative to the rest of the boot, which takes some getting used to. If you are looking for a lot of ankle stability/stiffness, I am guessing the Kinesis Pro or Zanskar would be a better choice based on the upper construction. On a related note, the leather in the ankle and tongue area is somewhat noisy as it flexes and rubs together, in case you were hoping to sneak up on any creatures in this boot. As I understand it the Kinesis Pro is a very similar boot but with a Goretex lining. The Cocona lining in the SL Activ seems to breath well, and based on what I read the thick one-piece leather upper is pretty water resistant if well-maintained. Overall the sole was stiffer than what I was looking for, otherwise I really loved the fit and comfort of the SL Activ. It is one of the most foot-friendly boots I have tried on, gives the impression of extreme durability, and looks like a work of art. To be honest it was a little hard to return.

Fuego Posted: 5/27/14
Reviewer: from
Overall: Rated:1 stars! Comfort: Rated:1 stars! Style: Rated:1 stars!

Do not buy these boots for wildland firefighting. They are extremely rigid and feel like your feet are encased in two concrete blocks. The steel shank kills your feet even after adding insoles. This is my 15th year in fire and I've gone through a lot of boots. Trust me, stick to the Lowas or Haix.

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